Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid proved Friday that there is, in fact, nowhere the Sun doesn't shine. Defying the wishes of Buckingham Palace, the Sun published nude photos of Prince Harry that were taken during a romp in Las Vegas, becoming the first British media outlet to do so. In running with photos already a sensation on the Internet, the Sun ratcheted up the debate not only over the royal family as accountable public figures, but also over freedom of the press in the digital age.
The Sun took a legal risk in a nation where privacy laws are stricter than in the United States, while also potentially opening the door to demands for tighter rules on the press. Its decision comes at time when the tabloids are under the spotlight from an inquiry into illegal news-gathering techniques that blew up last year after revelations of phone hacking at Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World.
After the eight-month inquiry, the tabloids of Britain appeared to be entering an era of caution. That held for 48 hours after the U.S. website TMZ published nearly nude images of Prince Harry. Even as websites and papers around the world ran the photos, Buckingham Palace vowed legal action against any British outlet to run them. That led to extraordinary restraint, with the home press feverishly covering the incident -- even running replicas of the photos using stand-ins and look-alikes -- but stopping short of baring the heir's derrière.Rumors fly about another Prince
There will be a big outdoor concert in St. Paul sometime in September. That much has been confirmed by city staff, who are otherwise keeping mum about the performer rumored to be in talks to headline: Prince. The blogosphere lit up Friday with the rumor that St. Paul is getting the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's first major concert in his native Twin Cities since 2007. One city staffer would not even address the rumor, but also said contracts have yet to be signed. The location of the concert is even up the air, with the obvious Harriet Island apparently being sidelined. The city hopes to make an announcement by the end of next week.Another run-in with the law
Police in Plano, Texas, say they're citing country star Randy Travis for simple assault after he got involved in a couple's argument Thursday in a church parking lot. Nobody was hurt, but Travis and another woman were ticketed for simple assault. Travis was arrested Aug. 7 on charges of driving while intoxicated and retaliation or obstruction, for allegedly threatening officers. He was arrested in February for public intoxication.
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